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St. Pete Beach, Florida - Tina Bailey knew something bad was about to happen.

As a mother of three children, she just had a strange feeling in the pit of her stomach.

Sitting in her St. Pete Beach home surrounded by pictures of Greg, she told us about that day.

"All day long, I was just, like, 'Make sure you watch him today, be good, don't let nothing happen to him,'" Tina said.

Her son, 20-year-old Greg Sorrell, was going to a party in Gulfport that night to watch a Winky Wright fight.

Tina kissed her son before he left.

After all, he was always the baby.

"When I was six months pregnant with him, I was so in love with him. Couldn't wait for him to be born, like when he was born, never put him down. He never wanted me to put him down. I just held him all the time," Tina says.

That night as he was leaving, that pit in her stomach was still there.

That would be the last time she would see him.  It was May 15, 2005.

She told us, "I put his head and in my hands and kissed him on his face. That's a great memory to keep."

Tina would have a fitful night's sleep.  She even woke up at a particular time and stared at the clock.  That night she made a plate of food from a barbeque that day and put it in the refrigerator for Greg.

She thought he'd be hungry when he got home. She loved pampering her son.

"When we were alone together, we'd goof off.  He'd let me tickle his feet.  We'd goof off, like you said, he had a baby face. He was still a baby inside," she told us.

He would never come back alive.  The next morning, her husband came into their bedroom and woke her up with the news.

"It was about 7:30 in the monring when my husband came and told me that there was some detectives outside to talk to me. I got floored," she said.

Tina didn't believe them.

"I went inside and got a picture on the wall, and said this is my son, Greg, you're not talking about him. And they were like, 'Yes, we are,'" Tina said.

Sadly, when Greg left the party that night, no one had any room for him in their cars.

So, he had to walk home. 

Greg had only walked seven to eight blocks, when he ended up on 14th Street South in St. Petersburg.

Someone came up behind him and hit him over the head with a concrete block. His body was found in the yard.

St. Pete Police have never found Greg's killer, but they've never given up looking.  They believe it was robbery.

The backpack Greg was carrying was never found.   No one has ever come forward.  

Detective Karl Sauer from the Cold Case unit at the St. Petersburg Police Department tells 10 News, "From what they're telling me, Greg would not have had anything of value. I don't know if he was confronted by someone and this is what it led to."

Tina says she holds onto the memories she has of her youngest son.  In fact, she has hours and hours of videotape from when he was younger.

Still, it's hard. 

"I sat out there and waited for him every day for two years to come home. Kept thinking he was going to walk down the street and come home," she said with a sigh.

She added, "Maybe God wanted us to love him a hundred times more because he knew he was gonna take him away early."

Melanie Brooks, 10 News

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